Ar­rest or­der for woman who ‘faked preg­nancy, ha­rassed ex’

Irish Daily Mail - - News - By Tom Tuite

A JUDGE has or­dered the ar­rest of a woman who is ac­cused of a cam­paign of ha­rass­ment against her ex-boyfriend.

Emma Butt, 29, who works as a sound engi­neer, al­legedly hacked her ex’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts, spread sto­ries about their breakup on blogs and moved into his build­ing, a court has heard.

Ms Butt, who had an address at River­side Grove, Coolock, Dublin, but is now liv­ing in Lon­don, did not turn up to yes­ter­day’s hear­ing and her bar­ris­ter John Grif­fin con­firmed she was not present.

Judge Michael Walsh is­sued a bench war­rant for her ar­rest.

The court heard that she had been in a re­la­tion­ship with the com­plainant for seven months. Af­ter it ended, the man was al­legedly sub­jected to a mas­sive amount of emails and phone calls.

Garda Mark Nolan, of Sun­drive Road sta­tion, told Judge Walsh that Ms Butt wrote a six-part blog about their re­la­tion­ship which she sent to mem­bers of his fam­ily and other peo­ple known to him.

It was al­leged his Twit­ter ac­count was ac­cessed by her and his fol­low­ers were sent the blog. The court heard the man worked in the tele­vi­sion and sound in­dus­try and that the blog was sent to his em­ployer and clients.

‘His Face­book ac­count was hacked, his ex-girl­friends were con­tacted say­ing how hor­ri­ble he was and that he ended the re­la­tion­ship, she claimed, be­cause she was preg­nant,’ Gda Nolan al­leged.

Ms Butt al­legedly sent him a photo of a preg­nancy test which later turned out to be a stock pic­ture.

On one oc­ca­sion, gar­daí were

‘She chased him down the road’

called be­cause Ms Butt was wait­ing out­side the man’s apart­ment, but she had left by the time they ar­rived, the court was told.

The court heard at one stage Ms Butt moved into the same apart­ment com­plex, two doors away from the man and lived there for about three months.

Ms Butt al­legedly waited in the carpark, forc­ing the man ‘to run down the road while she chased him’, Gda Nolan said.

Ms Butt is ac­cused of ha­rass­ing her ex-part­ner be­tween Fe­bru­ary 1 and May 30 in 2015 at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. She has not yet en­tered a plea to the charge.

She was due to ap­pear at Dublin Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day to be served with a book of ev­i­dence and re­turned for trial. How­ever, she failed to turn up to court.

Judge Walsh said the case was too se­ri­ous to be dealt with in the dis­trict court and it should go for­ward for trial in the cir­cuit court. which can im­pose longer sen­tences.

The dis­trict court had heard a sum­mary of the pros­e­cu­tion ev­i­dence in July dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing to de­cide her trial venue.

Gda Nolan, had told Judge Walsh it would also be claimed she con­tacted the man’s fa­ther with claims of how badly she had been treated and this caused stress to his fam­ily.

The court heard the al­leged ha­rass­ment in­volved her ex-boyfriend’s Twit­ter, Face­book and In­sta­gram ac­counts, as well as the blogs and emails.

War­rant: Emma Butt al­legedly ha­rassed her ex-boyfriend

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